Q: What is the Commonwealth International Composition Award for?

A: To promote composition around the world and to give young composers the skills they need to further their careers.

Q: Who can enter the competition?

A: For the FLYERS category, any composer aged 18 or under  from around the world who is not attending a specialist music school, or a Junior Conservatoire can apply. For the STARTERS category, anyone can enter who is interested in composition and from one of our target regions.

Q: Who are the target regions?

A: For 2021, the target regions are

  • Kenya
  • South Africa
  • The Gambia
  • Japan

Q: How do I apply?

A: Fill in the application form, and upload a score/picture of music you’ve written, as well as an audio file.

Q: What is the age range for the competition?

A: The age range for the competition is anyone up to 18 years old who is still in school.

Q: What file types are accepted?

A: For the score, JPEG, PNG, PDF, .sib, .mus, .dorico, and .xml are all accepted. For the audio, MIDI, MP3, WAV, and .aiff files are accepted.

Q: Which musical styles do you accept?

A: We are looking for music in all styles from around the world. If you are selected, we shall try to match you up with a composer who will be sympathetic to your musical personality.

Q: When is the deadline for applications?

A: Applications must be submitted before Friday 15th October 2021.

Q: What do I win if selected?

A: A professional composition teacher, links to other composers around the world, and your music performed and recorded in a concert in London by professional musicians. See our category pages for further information.

Q: What if I have more queries?

A: If you have any questions not answered above, please contact us via our website contact page, or email us at  philip@commonwealthresounds.com.